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Modern Recording Techniques, 6th Edition by Robert E. Runstein, David Miles Huber

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CHAPTER 5

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The Analog Tape Recorder

From its German inception in the late ’20s to its American introduction by Jack Mullin in 1945 (Figure 5.1), the analog tape recorder (or ATR) had increased in quality and universal acceptance to the point that professional and personal studios had totally relied upon magnetic media for the storage of analog sound onto reels of tape. With the dawning of the project studio and the computer-based “Digital Age,” the use of two-channel and multitrack ATRs has steadily dwindled to the point where only a few new analog tape machine models are currently being manufactured … . In short, it has become a high-cost, future–retro, ...

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